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    PAD demands better security for its leaders

    Backers don't plan rally over attack on Sondhi
    Published: 18/04/2009
    Bangkok Post

    The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) yesterday called on Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to offer better protection to its leaders just hours after top PAD leader Sondhi Limthongkul narrowly survived an assassination attempt.

    The alliance, however, assured that it would not call a mass rally in response to the attack.

    PAD member Somkiat Pongpaiboon said the pre-dawn ambush which involved heavy weapons raised questions about the efficiency of those providing security. The assault took place despite the capital being under a state of emergency.

    "How could heavy weapons get through troops and police who were deployed at every intersection? How could surveillance cameras in the area be out of order?

    "This means the state mechanisms failed completely," he said.

    The PAD demanded replacements of the national police chief, the director of the National Intelligence Agency and the director of the Armed Forces Security Centre.

    "In short, we demand changes to those responsible for security affairs. If not, the lives of the prime minister and the cabinet ministers would also be in danger," he said.

    The PAD suspects the attempt on Mr Sondhi's life was politically motivated and intended to steer the country into anarchy.

    PAD coordinator Suriyasai Katasila said the attempt to cut down Mr Sondhi was related to his relentless campaign against the Thaksin regime which eventually culminated in its downfall.

    He said the PAD refused to pinpoint the mastermind but believed the shooting was the work of men in uniform.

    He called on the prime minister to take decisive steps and ensure a transparent police investigation into the case.

    The PAD yesterday appealed to its supporters to remain calm and said its planned political rallies in the provinces would take place as scheduled.

    Chaiwat Sinsuwong, a PAD ally, doubted the attempt on Mr Sondhi's life was the work of the red shirts.

    He said he suspected that men in uniform carried out the attack but there was a question as to who was the one who issued the order to silence Mr Sondhi.

    "Don't call them pros because it will only mislead the public into thinking the assailants were hired gunmen. They should be called weapons specialists," he said.

    He also echoed the PAD's demands that some security-related positions needed new faces.

    Army specialist Khattiya "Seh Daeng" Sawasdipol said those involved in Mr Sondhi's attack must have strong political clout.

    "Hired gunmen would not take the job because Mr Sondhi is a high-profile person. Those who accepted the job must have strong back-up."

    Maj-Gen Khattiya, a self-professed PAD opponent, declined to analyse who would gain from Mr Sondhi's death, saying Mr Sondhi had a lot of enemies and would probably know who were the people behind the attack.

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    Re: PAD demands better security for its leaders

    I am sure the leaders of the PAD would be much safer in prison where they belong.
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    Re: PAD demands better security for its leaders

    Quote Originally Posted by visionchaser45 View Post
    I am sure the leaders of the PAD would be much safer in prison where they belong.
    I don t think so, The PAD leader will fight with the 3 of Red Leaders in jail and more 10 others supportors, How can he is being safe while another side have seen as a very violence on media
    and If Taksin was put in the same jail, The PAD leader will be death.

    Sorry,I just make a joke on your comment.
    The PAD leader should be in jail for the reason of damaging this country. and I hope Taksin should deserve it by using his authorize and executed more 2500 innocent people at Takbai,Yala provice ,Southern Thailand while he was in Power.

    They shall be in jail all PAD and RED ,the leaders who claim as fighting for what they believed but lots far from True Democracy.
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    Re: PAD demands better security for its leaders

    Quote Originally Posted by yeows View Post
    The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) yesterday called on Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to offer better protection to its leaders just hours after top PAD leader Sondhi Limthongkul narrowly survived an assassination attempt.
    Unless my memory fails me from last years events I thought this 'terrorist organisation' had its own security guards?

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    Re: PAD demands better security for its leaders

    Quote Originally Posted by oeshidez View Post
    I don t think so, The PAD leader will fight with the 3 of Red Leaders in jail and more 10 others supportors, How can he is being safe while another side have seen as a very violence on media
    and If Taksin was put in the same jail, The PAD leader will be death.

    Sorry,I just make a joke on your comment.
    The PAD leader should be in jail for the reason of damaging this country. and I hope Taksin and his gang too
    They shall be in jail all PAD and RED ,the leaders who claim as fighting for what they believed but lots far Democracy.
    Both parties have their own hidden agenda which is masked under the banner of "democracy".

    Quote Originally Posted by David_Loves_Ubonwan View Post
    Unless my memory fails me from last years events I thought this 'terrorist organisation' had its own security guards?
    "Security" doesn't have the same connotation these days.

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    Re: PAD demands better security for its leaders

    Quote Originally Posted by yeows View Post
    Backers don't plan rally over attack on Sondhi
    Published: 18/04/2009
    Bangkok Post



    "This means the state mechanisms failed completely," he said.
    This is what happens when important positions are filled by inept cronies and family members instead of qualified personnel.
    " The present is an outcome of the past which will have bearings on the future."
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    Re: PAD demands better security for its leaders

    [QUOTE=yeows;178868]Backers don't plan rally over attack on Sondhi
    Published: 18/04/2009
    Bangkok Post




    Thanks for posting an article which raises the real issues.

    "How could heavy weapons get through troops and police who were deployed at every intersection? How could surveillance cameras in the area be out of order?

    "Hired gunmen would not take the job because Mr Sondhi is a high-profile person. Those who accepted the job must have strong back-up."

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    Re: PAD demands better security for its leaders

    Quote Originally Posted by yeows View Post
    "Hired gunmen would not take the job because Mr Sondhi is a high-profile person. Those who accepted the job must have strong back-up."
    There is no way they were hired gunmen, at least not in the professional sense of the term. A hired gunman would have hit the target with 3 or 4 bullets and ensured that the job was done. Sondhi and his men would have known very little about it. I apologise for sounding so cold but that is how a professional would think.

    This is more like hired men supplied with guns. It sounds to me like someone enraged enough and paid the right amount of Baht decided to take this on. They obviously had backing from somewhere.

    If they had been caught at the scene or injured or killed by Sondhi's security, they would quickly see that backing dissolve and they would have been left to face it alone.

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